Grants Awarded to MA Outdoor Programs

The Massachusetts’ Governor’s office recently announced $167,000 in grants to support equitable access to outdoor recreation through the Massachusetts Office of Outdoor Recreation (MOOR). In total, 21 organizations and municipalities were awarded Inclusive and Accessible Event grants to improve ease of access to outdoor recreational activities for low-income residents, communities of color, and people living with disabilities. For details on each grant, click here.

“These grants support the essential work of organizations and municipalities striving to ensure everyone feels welcome and included in Massachusetts’ outdoors. Expanding access to outdoor recreation is the perfect opportunity for grantees to showcase the beautiful rivers, trails, and parks that we have to offer to all residents and visitors,” said MOOR Director Paul Jahnige. “Outdoor recreation events in nature support our mental, physical, and social health and the state’s economic health. Investing in the outdoor recreation economy is a step towards strengthening our connections with each other and the natural environment.” 

The grants include:

Fairhaven: Adaptive and Inclusive Anglers Fishing Derby

Fall River: Stepping Into Spring: Bird Watching, Kite Night, and Freshwater Fishing

New Bedford: Saltwater Fishing Clinic 

Fitchburg: Junior Ranger Program  

Charlemont: Access to the Water (A2A): Diversify Whitewater and Paddling Futures Events on the Deerfield River  

Milton: New England Base Camp (NEBC) Outdoor Conference: Climbing, Hiking, Leadership and Women in the Outdoors  

Boston: Quinobequin Paddle on the Charles River 

Bridgewater: Accessible Fishing Derby

Springfield: Recovery Retreat Week Outdoors: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Bird Watching and More  

Worcester: Nipmuc Band Mishoom Burn

Cheshire: Promoting Outdoor Belonging in Berkshire County 

Westport: Surfing Clinic for Neurodivergent, Physically Diverse, and Medically Fragile Youth and Families

Medford: Paddling the Mystic River Watershed, Breaking Down Barriers to Access

Essex: Nature-Based Restorative Retreat for Black Men at Essex Woods

Boston: Accessible and Equitable Fishing at Jamaica Pond 

Devens: Women Veterans Empowerment, a Path to Health and Wellness Program 

Holyoke & Boston: Latino Outdoors Surfing, Rock Climbing, and Hiking 

Northhampton: Adaptive Riding at the Massochistah

Vineyard Haven: SailMobility Spring Program  

Worcester: Project Bloom 

Holyoke: Stem-to-Stern Rowing Program